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Branden Dekenah, Managing Director of Interfuze, commented that their team was recently engaged by Arc Infrastructure - who manages and operates 5,500 kilometres of rail network across the South West of Western Australia - to test a hypothesis that track washaways can be predicted to help prevent derailments.
“The safety, financial, productivity and reputation cost of a train derailment is significant and a key issue faced by the rail industry,” said Branden.
“To try and reduce these risks, many Australian innovation workshops and studies theorised that it might be possible to predict track washaways due to abnormal or intense rainfall events.”
“This theory remained just a theory until two months ago when our team conducted an extensive data analytics and relationship mapping exercise to understand the relationship between Rainfall, Geography and Historical Track Washaway events.”
“We were able to firstly prove that a prediction system is viable which then subsequently led us to create a solution for use.”
This is the first time in Australia that a rail washaway prediction proof of concept has been successfully tested and used operationally.
The engine that has been built can learn changing thresholds over time, monitor incoming rainfall, predict at-risk sections and generate alarms as an early warning tool.
Murray Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Arc Infrastructure, commented that this washaway prediction solution is a major breakthrough for the railway industry.
“As the only freight rail network in the southern half of Western Australia, our network is vital to providing the major freight connection to the eastern states of Australia and to overseas markets through the region’s government-owned ports,” said Murray.
“Unfortunately, every year this critical infrastructure is damaged through degraded track conditions caused by rainfall that we have never been able to accurately identify and respond to.”
“The innovation that we initiated and developed with Interfuze is not only groundbreaking for the railway industry, but also for other sectors playing a crucial role in the Australian economy - such as the export industry - that rely on our railways to deliver on time and on budget.”
“Together with Interfuze, we are proud to be leading this first of its kind solution for Australian railways to help eliminate washaway related train derailments.”
Arc Infrastructure will now look to scale the solution across other areas for monitoring and detection alerts. They are also currently working with relevant industry bodies to share the washaway prediction system with rail infrastructure companies nationwide.
This article first appeared on www.interfuze.com.au
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